St. Andrews - not only golf and university

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the harbour at low tide

This was our third visit to St.Andrews and the mainreason for this visit was the graduation of our son. The town has always captured me with its mixture of Scottish local touch from medieval time to modern international touch with Golf tournaments and due to the University people from all the world. This town is worth a visit even if you don't have any connection to the University or don't know a single word of the language of Golf.

The Cathedral, has an interesting story but today there are just ruins left, with its towers as a landmark. Walking along the port gives you pictures of small fishingboats lying on the banks at low tide while some hours later in full operation at high tide. The Pier is the venue for many student walks and on Sundays you might see them in their red robes, as a tradition.

walk along the harbour
 Along the banks there are excellent opportunities for long walks in the wind, for creative thoughts.  Some years ago we took the bus down to the southern side of Fife, to Anstruther. There are some small fishing villages with golf-courses not so expensive like in St Andrews itself. There are also pathways in the meadows by the sea and not many people are there. If you are a writer or a painter this is an excellent site for creative work. In Anstruther don t forget to visit the famous fish-and-chips restaurant by the harbour. They have the best fish-and-chips I ever had.

Back in St Andrews it is of course a must to walk along the Old Course, the birthplace of Golf. Talking about the club house, they used to have a printed sign saying 'dogs and women prohibited' and still it looks very conservative. It sounds unreal, but it wasn't. Conterary, they have a modern golf museum worth a visit even if you not are a golf player.

The University of St Andrews founded 1413, is the first university in Scotland, and the third oldest in the Englishspoken world. Since the town itself is very small the big University dominates the scene. Three parallell streets is the centre of the town and they have many small cosy shops of all kind. Many of the houses looks like they have been there since the University was founded. Most of the buildings are in grey stone.

 

ken2010 says:
Thanks for your smiles and comment Sarah, yes St Andrews and its surroudings are definetly worth a visit!
Posted on: Jun 06, 2010
sarahsan says:
Sounds like a lovely town. Absolutely a place I would like to visit!
Posted on: Jun 06, 2010
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the harbour at low tide
the harbour at low tide
walk along the harbour
walk along the harbour
The Cathedral
The Cathedral
residential houses
residential houses
town centre
town centre
town centre
town centre
town centre
town centre
town centre
town centre
town centre
town centre
town centre
town centre
me and my wife and two of our chil…
me and my wife and two of our chi…
along the shore
along the shore
in the garden to our B&B
in the garden to our B&B
just a street
just a street
and another one
and another one
the entrance to the University
the entrance to the University
and the University Chapel
and the University Chapel
the University
the University
roses in all coulours are around a…
roses in all coulours are around …
yes
yes
a cosy little house in the town ce…
a cosy little house in the town c…
entrance to the University. Dont …
entrance to the University. Don't…
the University book shop and libra…
the University book shop and libr…
a part of Old Course
a part of Old Course
Old Course
Old Course
the famous Old Course club house
the famous Old Course club house
listening to the bag-piper is a mu…
listening to the bag-piper is a m…
there are many small pubs and rest…
there are many small pubs and res…
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